If Steve Stone said he loves his 1963 Corvette convertible to the moon and back, he wouldn’t be exaggerating.
In fact, over the past 57 years, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa man has driven his black on black Stingray the equivalent of traveling to the moon and back … and about halfway back again!
That’s right, he’s driven his one-owner Corvette slightly over 582,000 miles – through two marriages, the births of his children, on the autocross, at the drag strip, and even a lap as part of the parade before the Indianapolis 500.
Just 18 years old when he bought his dream car with an L76 327/340 horsepower V8 engine (a $107.60 option), Stone immediately put the pedal down, covering 33,575 miles that first year, eating through the 24,000-mile warranty in just eight months.
Another 30,000 miles rolled past during the second year, but then Stone got his draft notice in May of 1965. While fortunate to miss out on service in Vietnam, he did put the car up for sale while he was in the military.
As fate would have it, though, no one bought the Corvette, and it continued to be his faithful companion as the decades rolled past.
Now, at about age 75, Stone says he has no plans to part with the vehicle, and who can blame him? After all, why stop halfway to the moon again when such a faithful companion has been there with him this long?